Shake vs Shive - What's the difference?

shake | shive |

As nouns the difference between shake and shive

is that shake is the act of shaking something while shive is a slice, especially of bread or shive can be (obsolete) a splinter; a particle of fluff on the surface of cloth or other material or shive can be or shive can be .

As a verb shake

is (ergative) to cause (something) to move rapidly in opposite directions alternatingly.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia shake)


  • (ergative) To cause (something) to move rapidly in opposite directions alternatingly.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=Meanwhile Nanny Broome was recovering from her initial panic and seemed anxious to make up for any kudos she might have lost, by exerting her personality to the utmost. She took the policeman's helmet and placed it on a chair, and unfolded his tunic to shake it and fold it up again for him.}}
  • To move (one's head) from side to side, especially to indicate a negative.
  • To move or remove by agitating; to throw off by a jolting or vibrating motion.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Shake off the golden slumber of repose.
  • * (John Bunyan) (1628-1688)
  • I could scarcely shake him out of my company.
  • To disturb emotionally; to shock.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The attack of the MOOCs , passage=Since the launch early last year of […] two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations. University brands built in some cases over centuries have been forced to contemplate the possibility that information technology will rapidly make their existing business model obsolete.}}
  • To lose, evade, or get rid of (something).
  • To move from side to side.
  • *, chapter=23
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=The slightest effort made the patient cough. He would stand leaning on a stick and holding a hand to his side, and when the paroxysm had passed it left him shaking .}}
  • To shake hands.
  • To dance.
  • To give a tremulous tone to; to trill.
  • Derived terms

    * more than one can shake a stick at * shake a leg * shake and bake, shake 'n bake * shake hands * shake off * shake one's ass * shake one's head * shake on it * shake the pagoda tree * shake up


    (en noun)
  • The act of shaking something.
  • The cat gave the mouse a shake .
  • A milkshake.
  • A beverage made by adding ice cream to a (usually carbonated) drink; a float.
  • Shake cannabis, small, leafy fragments of cannabis that gather at the bottom of a bag of marijuana.
  • (building material) A thin shingle.
  • A crack or split between the growth rings in wood.
  • A fissure in rock or earth.
  • (informal) Instant, second. (Especially (in two shakes).)
  • *
  • (nautical) One of the staves of a hogshead or barrel taken apart.
  • (Totten)
  • (music) A rapid alternation of a principal tone with another represented on the next degree of the staff above or below it; a trill.
  • A shook of staves and headings.
  • (Knight)
  • (UK, dialect) The redshank, so called from the nodding of its head while on the ground.
  • (Webster 1913)

    Derived terms

    * in two shakes, in two shakes of a cow's tail, etc. * milk-shake * no great shakes * shakemap, shake map * shake table * shakeup, shake-up



    Etymology 1

    (wikipedia shive) A parallel form of (sheave), from a (etyl) base which probably existed in (etyl) (though is not attested before the Middle English period). Cognate with (etyl) Scheibe, late (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A slice, especially of bread.
  • * 1980 , Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers :
  • In my cool room with the shutters shut and the thin shives of air and light coming through the slats, I cried myself to sleep in an overloud selfpitying transport.
  • (obsolete) A sheave.
  • A beam or plank of split wood.
  • A flat, wide cork for plugging a large hole.
  • Etymology 2

    From a (etyl) base which probably existed in Old English (though is not attested before the Middle English period). Cognate with (etyl) Schebe, (etyl) scheef.


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A splinter; a particle of fluff on the surface of cloth or other material.
  • (paper-makin) A particle of impurity in finished paper.
  • Etymology 3

    Variant of shiv.


    (en noun)
  • * 2006 , Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day (Vintage 2007), page 50:
  • So every alleyway down here, every shadow big enough to hide a shive artist with a grudge, is a warm invitation to rewrite history.

    Etymology 4

    See shiva


  • * 2010 , , A Life of Learning
  • There are some cultural details in Schissel’s story that are specific to the Jewish community: the family sits shive (seven days of mourning for the dead), and the preference for silence at that time.
    Derived terms
    * sit shive